2017 Summer Fun Activity Guide

Who is ready for summer? We have compiled a full list of summer events and activities throughout our community sure to keep you and your family busy. Check it out!


Mother’s Day Tea

May 14, 2017

Akron Art Museum – 1 S High St, Akron

11 am – 3pm

Member Adult $25; Non-member Adult $35; Student (under 18) $15; Children under 12 Free with Adult Ticket.

The Akron Art Museum is inviting all Moms to enjoy tea and an afternoon of art on Mother’s Day. There is also an opportunity to make original artwork to take home!

Mother’s Day at Stan Heywet Hall and Gardens

May 14, 2017

Stan Hywet Hall – 714 N. Portage Path, Akron

10 am – 6 pm

Mothers and Grandmothers are free

Take mom to Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens on Mother’s Day. Activities include: self-guided tour of the Manor House, the Corbin Conservatory, the Gate Lodge, Playgarden and the landscaped historic gardens and grounds.

Day Out With Thomas: The Friendship Tour 2017

May 20- 21 and 26 – 28, 2017

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad – 7100 Riverview Rd., Peninsula

Times and admission vary

Take a ride with Thomas, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, see authentic engines and enjoy tons of other activities!

Kenmore Community Days Festival and Fireworks Spectacular

May 26- 28, 2017

Shadyside Park on Kenmore Blvd

Times and admission vary; Fireworks May 28 at 9:45 pm

Visit Kenmore’s Community Days Festival for some family fun Memorial Day weekend!

Tallmadge Memorial 5k and 1 mile run / Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2017

Tallmadge Circle

8 am

5k – $30 and 1 mile – $10

Celebrate Memorial Day in Tallmadge with a 5K or 1 mile fun run, a pancake breakfast and the annual Memorial Day parade!

Green Memorial Day Parade

May 29, 2017

Green High School, Veterans Memorial Park and Community Center

10 am


The parade begins at Green High School parking lot. The ceremony will take place at noon at the Veterans Memorial Park and the car show will begin immediately following the ceremony at the Community Center.


Akron Autism 5K Run/Walk

June 17, 2017

Lock 3 –  Downtown Akron

9 am

$35 5K run and walk, Free one mile fun walk

The Autism Society of Greater Akron’s annual 5k run/walk is a perfect way to support people in our community who have autism! The event will also have entertainment and activities for all ages and abilities.

Family Movie Night

June 17, 2017

Lock 3 – Downtown Akron

8 am


Grab a blanket, chairs and some snacks and enjoy a family movie at Lock 3!

Father’s Day at Akron Zoo

June 18, 2017

Akron Zoo – 505 Euclid Ave., Akron

10am – 5 pm

Free for fathers and grandfathers

Celebrate the special guy in your life at the Akron Zoo!

60th Annual Father’s Day Car Show

June 18, 2017

Stan Hywet Hall – 714 N. Portage Path, Akron

9 am – 4:30 pm

Non-member adult $14, Non-member youth (6-17) $6 / Member adult $11, Member youth $5.

Celebrate Father’s Day at an Akron tradition and one of the oldest car shows in America. View 400 classic, antique and collector cars manufactured from 1925-1990. The feature car for this milestone year is the Chevrolet Camaro.

Green Freedom Festival

June 23 – 24, 2017

Boettler Park – 5300 Massillon Road

6 pm – 10 pm Friday and 12 pm – 11 pm Saturday

Admission is a school supply to benefit Green Good Neighbors

Head down to Green for some family fun including inflatables, simulators, and tethered hot air balloon rides ($5/ride; children under 10 must be accompanied by a parent).  Saturday only: 8:15 pm – Skydivers, weather permitting and 10:15 pm Fireworks.


Rib, White and Blue: Akron’s National Rib Festival

June 30 – July 4, 2017

South Main Street, Akron

11 am – 11 pm


Enjoy local BBQ, music and All-American fun at the annual Rib, White and Blue Festival. Fireworks on July 4th at Lock 3!

Blossom Music Festival: Cleveland Orchestra Salute to America!

July 3 – July 4, 2017

Blossom – 1145 West Steels Corners Rd, Cuyahoga Falls

8 pm

18 and younger receive free tickets with full price adult lawn seats. Prices vary for pavilion seating.

Great music, fireworks, and fun for the whole family!  Blossom’s traditional, star-spangled celebration with the Blossom Festival Band features a mix of patriotic Sousa marches, Broadway favorites, an Armed Forces Salute, and more – concluding with the “1812” Overture and fireworks! Fireworks follow the concert, weather permitting.

Fairlawn Independent Day Parade and Fireworks

July 4, 2017

Bicentennial Park – 3486 S. Smith Rd., Fairlawn

4:30 pm


Parade will begin at the Fairlawn Towne Center and head west to 3320 W. Market St. (just across from the main entrance to Summit Mall). Come out and enjoy the fireworks and festivities after the parade. Fireworks will begin at 10 pm, weather permitting.

Hudson Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks

July 4, 2017

Barlow Farm Park – 1965 Barlow Rd., Hudson

10 pm


Hudson’s annual 4th of July Fireworks Display and Celebration is fun for the whole family!

Stow Firecracker Race and Fun Run

July 4, 2017

Holy Family Catholic Church – 3179 Kent Rd., Stow

7:30 am

4-Mile – $30 pre-registration; $35 day of race. 3K Fun Run – $20 pre-registration; $25 day of race.

(Families of 3 or more, discount $1 per runner, all entries must arrive together)

Wake up bright and early and start the day Fourth of July Celebrations with a 4-mile race or 3K fun run for all ages!

Stow Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 2017

Stow-Kent Shopping Center – 4445 Kent Road, Stow

10 am


Join the community tradition and watch Stow’s annual Fourth of July parade! This year, the parade theme is Salute to our Veterans.

Fun at First & Main, Hudson (Treasure Hunt theme)

July 5, 2017

First and Main, Hudson

11 am – 1 pm


The monthly events at each venue will carry a different adventurous theme and will feature fun and interactive activities targeted for kids ages 2 to 9.

Pajama Party at the Zoo

July 8, 2017

Akron Zoo – 505 Euclid Ave., Akron

5 pm -9 pm

Regular Zoo Admission

Come dressed in your favorite family-friendly PJ’s and enjoy extended evening hours at the zoo!

iCan Bike Camp

July 10 – July 14, 2017

Copley High School Auxiliary Gym – 3807 Ridgewood Rd, Akron

5 sessions offered each day at 8:30 am, 10:05 am, 11:20 am, 2 pm and 3:35 pm

$250 fee for the week. Scholarships are available.

This 5-day camp teaches individuals of all different abilities how to ride a two-wheel bicycle without training wheels. Camp accepts 40 riders on a first-come, first-served basis.  Riders attend the same 75 minute session each day for 5 consecutive days. Riders use a specialized bicycle designed to teach appropriate balance for the entire 75 minutes each day while accompanied by their assigned volunteers.

Summit County Fair

July 25 – July 30, 2017

Summit County Fairgrounds, Tallmadge

Times and admission vary

Fun for all ages, including rides, games, food, entertainment and farm animals!


Fun at First & Main, Hudson  (Water Fun theme)

August 2, 2017

First and Main, Hudson

11 am – 1 pm


The monthly events at each venue will carry a different adventurous theme and will feature fun and interactive activities targeted for kids ages 2 to 9.

Zoothing Hour

August 8, 2017

9 am

Akron Zoo – 505 Euclid Ave., Akron

Regular Zoo Admission

The zoo will open an hour early for people with special needs who don’t like crowds and loud noises.

National Hamburger Festival

August 12 – August 13, 2017

Lock 3 – Downtown Akron

Opens at 12 pm

$5 admission. Children 8 and under are free! Tickets are available for purchase at the gate.

Celebrate America’s most iconic food – the hamburger! Every year the festival raises money for the Akron Children’s Hospital. All food tickets must be purchased at the festival (pre-sale tickets are not available).  Food tickets are $1 each and are used to purchase all food items. The festival guide, which is available at the festival entrance, lists all of the food prices.

Summit For Kids

August 19, 2017

John S. Knight Center – 77 E Mill St., Akron

10 am – 4 pm


Summit for Kids is an annual family expo! Parents and children are invited to the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron to enjoy fun and educational activities, free back-to-school items and more. Stop by the Summit DD booth and spin our prize wheel!

Family Fun Festivities and Movie Night

August 19, 2017

Lock 3 – Downtown Akron

5 pm


Kids inflatables, contests, entertainment and other activities. Bring your chairs and blankets for an outdoor movie at dusk!

Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk

August 26, 2017

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

9 am

$15 -20 – Registration required

Join the Up Side of Downs at the 17th Annual Northeast Ohio Buddy Walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo! Buddy Walk registration entitles you to zoo and rain forest admission all day. Enjoy a 1-mile wheel-friendly walk in celebration of individuals with Down syndrome.


Ohio Shakespeare Festival at Stan Hywet: As You Like It

Thursdays-Sundays, June 30 – July 16, 2017

Outdoor theater in the lagoon area of Stan Hywet – 714 N. Portage Path, Akron

6 pm – 10 pm

Performed outdoors at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, experience Shakespeare’s beloved story of life, love and marriage kindled in the woods. Arrive early and bring your own picnic dinner or purchase a bite to eat from concessions. Fun and enjoyable for all ages!

Movie Matinee Mondays

June 12, June 19, July 3, and July 17, 2017

Akron-Summit County Public Library Goodyear Branch –  60 Goodyear Blvd., Akron

1 pm


Catch a family-friendly movie at the library! Goodyear branch will be showing Moana, Secret Life of Pets, Kubo and the Two Strings and Finding Dory.

Rock the Lock

Fridays – May 26 through September 1, 2017

Lock 3 – Downtown Akron

Gates: 6 pm, Concert: 7 pm

First Friday of the month is Give Back Fridays-$5 admission goes to a local charity. All other Fridays are Free

Experience local cover and tribute bands all summer long at Lock 3! Grab a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a fun night of music.

Hudson First and Main

June 7, July 5 and August 2, 2017

First and Main Green – corner of Village Way and First St.

11 am – 1 pm


First & Main will feature free interactive activities and entertainment, music, vendors, giveaways and contests on the First & Main green once a month! Be sure to stop by the Summit DD booth and say hello!

Blossom Summer Concerts

Multiple dates and times throughout the summer months

Blossom – 1145 West Steels Corners Rd., Cuyahoga Falls

Times and prices vary

Have you been to Blossom lately? Several concerts of all genres of music are coming to town this summer! Check out the list of shows and enjoy live music at this unique concert venue!

Great Lakes Mediveval Faire

Saturdays and Sundays, July 8 – August 13, 2017

3033 State Route 534, Rock Creek

11am – 7pm

Prices vary

The Great Lakes Medieval Faire is a shaded, 13th century family fun theme park filled with entertainment, juried crafts and artisans, rides, interactive games, and foods fit for a king.

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